The $200,000 City of Hope Mile (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park Oct. 4 has attracted a 12-horse grab-bag, and trainer Tom Proctor's consistent Avanzare would appear to head the crowded field of turf runners.
Rock Me Baby
- Dark Bay or Brown Gelding
- Born 2009
Tom's Tribute took advantage of a slow start from heavy favorite Obviously to take the $250,000 Del Mar Mile (gr. IIT) by a length over Rock Me Baby with Handsome Mike another half-length back in third.
Winner of the past two editions of the Del Mar Mile (gr. IIT), the speedster Obviously goes for a three-peat on the turf as part of the TVG Pacific Classic undercard Aug. 24 at the seaside track.
Despite the 2012 winner, Mizdirection, returning to try for a double, a full field of 14 entered the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) Nov. 2. Mizdirection, who won last year from post 11, drew the 12 hole this time around.
Mizdirection tuned up for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) with a sparkling five furlongs in :57 4/5 Oct. 25 at Santa Anita Park with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith in the irons.
|Jockey||Corey S. Nakatani|
|Owner||West Point Thoroughbreds|
|Breeder||Mercedes Stables LLC|
|Rock Me Baby View Five-Cross Pedigree||Rock Hard Ten||Kris S.|
|Barbara Orr||Tale of the Cat|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Wavertree Stables||Havens Bloodstock Agency, agent||$40,000|
|Two-year-old||Buzz Chace, agent for West Point Thoroughbreds||Wavertree Stables, agent||$210,000|
|Hard Not to Like|